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Sports talk show host Jim Rome coming to campus

Popular radio and TV host to offer opinions and interview local athletes during May 10 event

05/05/03

Nationally syndicated sports talk show host Jim Rome is appearing at the Cintas Center on Saturday, May 10, from 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Rome hosts one of the nation’s most popular sports talk shows, with more than 185 affiliates nationally. He also hosts a weekly television show, “Rome is Burning,” on ESPN. He had a television show, “The Last Word,” on Fox Sports Net for the five years prior. Rome is known for his aggressive, informed, rapid-fire dialogue and his use of a verbal shorthand known as “smack” when referring to specific sports-related people or topics. He offers a “smacktionary” on his web site. His show's style is somewhat different from other sports talk shows, too, in that he regularly reads e-mailed and faxed messages and gives his listeners—whom he refers to as “clones”—an open microphone to voice their opinions, provided they offer valid opinions and know the subject matter. He has very little patience for uninformed or illogical callers. This is the 30th stop on Rome’s tour, which he describes as "part rock concert, part clones celebration." He began traveling to different cities several years ago, setting up a stage on which he offers his opinions on sports and brings out athletes from the area to interview. Steve Versnick, program director for radio station 1360 Homer…the sports animal, which broadcasts Rome’s show from noon to 3:00 p.m., says the station is lining up six or seven players or coaches from the area who will join Rome on stage, including David West, basketball legend Oscar Robertson, Hall of Fame football standout Anthony Munoz as well as members of the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals. The event is free to the public, but tickets are required. The station is giving away 20,000 tickets to the event, despite the Cintas Center holding just 10,250 seats in the arena. An overflow area will be set up in the center’s banquet center. Tickets will be handed out at various locations around town beginning the week of April 14, says Versnick.